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Brrr. We're all in our teens this morning.
Lots of things to read instead. Such as:
• Wired News on how the new Privacy Board that's supposed to be reviewing the NSA program  is a joke.
Fraternity fires elsewhere bring up painful memories here. The question again: Why are there still so many Houses without sprinklers?
The 109th Congress: Fought to do nothing for America until the bitter end.
• That's right, they did do something: They said they didn't do nuthin'.
• Oh, and Screwy says so long to The Hon. Charles Taylor

Strange twist from latest Amber Alert in WNC
• From the Char-O: Meck sheriff signs up for the ICE program and becomes anti-immigration hero
• Pam's got a choice for Queer of the Year
• And, thanks to a sudden lack of television crews we all got to listen to Roy win his 500th game on the radio.

Getting the bunting ready

Over here in the OC, the buzz is about John Edwards' not-yet-a-campaign office at Southern Village. I live just through the trees from (ahem) Main Street. Anyway, SV's all giddy about it. I'll let you know the second I hear of any hat-in-the-ring moments from the new neighbors. This might be a nice week for it starting with David Bonior signing on.
On Friday, Edwards received the AFL-CIO's Paul Wellstone award. Carolina should be doubly proud and it was no doubt inspiring. (One of the best speeches I ever saw live was Wellstone, an all-ACC wrestling champion, at the UNC Law School. It was the year before he died.)
Also, Hardball's coming to town on Tuesday and Edwards is a featured guest. There's a limited number of tickets. The show is free and starts at 5 p.m. at Memorial Hall. Here's Media Matters' compendeum of Mathews critiques.

Speaking of hat-in-the-ring moments, Pat Smathers, the Mayor of Canton, announced he's running for Lt. Gov. He's also set up a blog at BlueNC. Check out some of his issue posts.

Originally posted to ludkmr on Sun Dec 10, 2006 at 06:38 AM PST.

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